AceShowbiz - A model and aspiring actress has accused Harvey Weinstein of trapping her in a hotel bathroom and grabbing at her breast while masturbating in front of her.
Lauren Young was called to testify against the shamed producer in New York on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 as part of his rape and sexual assault trial, in a bid to help prosecutors establish what they claim to be a pattern of predatory behaviour.
Taking the witness stand, Young recalled how Weinstein had lured her to his suite at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in California back in February 2013 to continue their discussion about her career prospects following a chat in the lobby bar.
Weinstein allegedly claimed he needed to prepare for an awards ceremony that night, but once inside the suite, Young was led into the bathroom, as his associate, Claudia Salinas, reportedly closed the door.
"I stood there in shock. Out of fear, I started laughing," she told the jury. "I never laughed being that scared in my life. I never laughed that nervously."
She claims Weinstein undressed quickly and rinsed himself off in the shower, before approaching her while he was still naked.
"I felt so trapped and I was in shock and started to back up away from him," she said.
"I couldn't believe what was happening to me. I was just really worried and scared he was going to hurt me."
The movie mogul is then accused of unzipping her white lace dress and pulling it down, exposing her breasts, "He started masturbating while grasping my right breast with his left hand while jerking off with his right hand saying, 'How am I going to know you can act?' " she testified.
"I'm saying, 'No, no, no' and he's carrying on with normal conversation - 'This is what all the actresses do to make it.' "
Young alleges he tried to touch her vagina, but she was able to move her hands from her sides to block him, prompting Weinstein to reportedly grab her nipple until he ejaculated into a towel.
He quickly left the bathroom, leaving a stunned Young scrambling to pull up her dress and escape from the suite.
She was also asked to describe Weinstein's body in detail during the alleged encounter, corroborating rape accuser Jessica Mann's recollection of his "deformed" genitals. Members of the jury, meanwhile, were shown five naked photos of Weinstein on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, including one that was full frontal.
"His body was hairy, it had moles on his rolls, a disgusting looking penis," Young shared.
"It had looked like it had been cut and sewn back on - not a normal looking scar from circumcision. Something didn't look normal. I remember noticing I didn't really see balls in the sack. I just see like, you know, a penis."
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to five felony counts of rape and sexual assault relating to encounters with Mann and production assistant Mimi Haleyi in New York in 2013 and 2006.
The 67 year old, who maintains all sexual acts were consensual, faces life behind bars if convicted.
The trial continues.